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The Joomla! 1.6 Beginner's Guide is available and it's FREE!

Written by | Tuesday, 01 March 2011 00:00 | Published in 2011 March
At the end of last year I was thinking what I could do to spread the word about the new Joomla! 1.6 and the result is the free Joomla! 1.6 - Beginner's Guide, that I have written. It has 174 pages and covers all the things which are important to know and a few others, too.

The whole book is about the core Joomla! 1.6 package.

Even though you might be a beginner with Joomla!, after reading this book you will have the knowledge needed to manage your own Joomla! website effectively. If you are somewhat familar with HTML, CSS and image editing, you will learn how to customize a template for your website. The book is available in both English and German (Joomla! 1.6 - Das Einsteigerbuch). The books are readable for FREE without registration at our website, and the English edition is downloadable for FREE as PDF.

In order to allow comfortable access, the book is structured as follows:

  1. hagenIntroduction
  2. Showcase
  3. Installation
  4. Structures and Terms
  5. What's New in Joomla! 1.6
  6. Managing Content
  7. Website and Content Configuration
  8. Templates
  9. Navigation
  10. Users and Permissions
  11. Extension Management
  12. Core Extensions
  13. Modules
  14. Plug-ins
  15. Multi-Language website
  16. Working with Templates
  17. Search Engine Optimization
  18. Upgrade from Joomla! 1.5 to Joomla! 1.6
  19. Resources

This book is part of my contribution to the worldwide Joomla! community. Please refer to the links below to get this book and learn how to take advantage of all of the power that Joomla! 1.6 offers!

Joomla! 1.6 - Beginner's Guide in English language:

  1. As HTML version at our website http://cocoate.com/joomla-16-english
    The HTML version has the possibility to comment, please use it :-)
  2. As a PDF, it is downloadable at our website
    English version http://cocoate.com/joomla-16-english/pdf
    Spanish version http://cocoate.com/j16es/pdf
  3. As a printed version, it is available as a book-on-demand worldwide for € 12.75 / US$ 16.00  at http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/joomla-16-beginners-guide/14964344

Joomla! 1.6 - das Einsteigerbuch in German language:

  1. As HTML version at our website http://cocoate.com/de/joomla-16-deutsch
    The HTML version has the possibility to comment, please use it :-)
  2. As a printed version, it is published by Addison-Wesley, a brand of Pearson Education, and is available in Germany, Austria and Switzerland for € 19.80  at http://cocoate.com/de/joomla-16-deutsch/bestellformular
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We'll share this at our user group.. Thank you Hagen!
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Hi John, it was one of my ideas with this book to have something freely available for beginner's in user groups. Please tell them to comment in the HTML version on the chapters if they find errors or things I forgot and whether it was useful.
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I am traslating this for Portuguese - BR in www.jouro.com.br

Thank you Hagen Graf :D
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Awesome! Thanks
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Thank you Hagen for the Joomla! 1.6 Beginner's Guide! I've already read 2 chapters starting from the end of book!
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A much appreciated contribution to the Joomla! Community.
Thank you Hagen!
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I learned Joomla! many years ago reading a Mambo book written by Hagen. I also had the opportunity to meet him a few years ago in San Francisco where we both presented at an OSCMS conference.

Given his knowledge and depth of experience with Joomla!, you can be confident this book will help you learn Joomla!, too. The fact that he is sharing electronic copies at no charge to the Joomla! community speaks to his love of community.

Hagen - I really appreciate your generosity, kindness, support, and involvement with Joomla! and free software over the years. You da man.
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Oh Amy what can I say :-) #meltingaway
may be ...
'you see people always twice in your life and it is good to think of that when you met them for the first time'
Hope to see you again soon somewhere on this planet
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Thanks!
I like the photo too :)
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The photo was taken in Tanzania in 2003 (So you see a young man :-) ) It was my first contact with the language Swahili and I like it too.
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¡¡¡Thank you for sharing this!!!
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Thank you very much..
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Thanks Hagen!

It's a great contribution to the Joomla community. Moreover, it's distributed for free and in both languages: English and German.
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Really a super work for the beginners to joomla.
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Thank-you very much!! This is a very nice gift to give away. Very much appreciated!!!
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Congratulations Hagen for this great work!
I also love the cover photo :)
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Awesome and after so many years once again a masterpiece from the hands of one of Joomla's top contributors. Hagen a very, very big thanks and cannot wait for the Joomla 2.0 version to go on sale (!)
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Hi Leo, it is for sure no masterpiece :-) but you're right. It was the time to do something and I am very curious about the future of Joomla!. About the 1.7 release in July 2011, the Molajo distrubution and the Nooku thingie. This project has so much potential!
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That is great news.
Thank you Hagen.
I'm putting link from my website to download page.
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Good idea, please give me the link. I just started to collect links at the frontpage of joomla16.cocoate.com
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Hi Hagen,

Thanks for your generosity. I know how much work goes into something like this. To offer it for free is amazing.

It's people like you that really spoil the Joomla! community. I hope everyone appreciates what you are doing for them.

Best regards,

Joe
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Hi Joe Joomla! (I'm blown away from all the positive comments. It's a good motivation for me, even when you just mentioned in your article 'Joomla! is not all about being free. The only thing that is free is your freedom to use Joomla! without expensive licensing fees.'
magazine.joomla.org/issues/Issue-Mar-201...our-Joomla-Adventure
and you are right. I cannot feed my family only with positive comments. People downloaded the book since March 1 1,300 times for free and bought 2! books at Lulu (One of the two was Amy Stephen :-) ).
We have to think very seriously about this. It's the same situation for all contributors of extensions, templates, plugins, documentation, marketing, this magazine here and all the other stuff.

But for now I am very, very happy with the positive comments :-)
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Thanks Hagen
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onaltıdokuz istanbul Thursday, 03 March 2011
Really great informative blog post here and I just wanted to comment & thank you for posting this
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You're all very welcome!
The positive comments are a good motivation to do more
... stay tuned ... there's more to come in the next issue of Joomla! magazine :-) ...
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nice sharing! very useful especially for a noob like me.. :D
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Thx Hagen..we are being so grateful that a person like you exists in Joomla Community.

to pisyek, terima kasih sebab link kan kat site ko tentang pdf tuh.aku dah download pun.
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Pieter Groeneweg Thursday, 03 March 2011
Thanks man! did order the book at LuLu... so some revenue will go your way!


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And of course I've got a book.......stupidly enough, for a manual, paper still is king!
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Hi Pieter,
I am thinking the same. I don't like cutting trees for computer manuals. For people who want to do me a favour there are at the moment two other possibilities:
- it is possible to 'flattr' the english book
flattr.com/thing/141448/Joomla-1-6-Beginners-Guide
flattr is an interesting approach
- you can download the pdf and pay a small amount of money for it :-)
www.lulu.com/product/file-download/jooml...nners-guide/15056652
- tweet about the free book, so more people will get curious about Joomla! 1.6 :-)
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Jacques Charpié Friday, 04 March 2011
Merci, merci, merci, enfin un tutoriel qui permet de démarrer depuis presque rien avec joomla 1.6
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Norito H.Yoshida Tuesday, 08 March 2011
Hagen Graf-san,

I am from Yokohama, Japan. My first encounter on Joomla was 2005 and I bought your Joomla Book written in English. It was so helpful. Thanks.

Since then your name is always somewhere in my brain.

I am working on Joomla1.6 and finding some difficulty on ACL feature, because there are not enough reference information at this moment.

ACL feature provides us with business chances to build enterprise corporate sites.

Your contributions on this would be deeply appreciated down the road.

Thank again for your contributions on Joomla.
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I have never used Joomla before. Although I am familiar with html and php Your free book will be an excellent read. Thank you.
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Nice book for beginners! Thanks to Hagen Graf.
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Thank you, much appreciated. :-)
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very helpful...Thank You, Hagen
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Hi Hagen Graf, Thank you very much for sharing your book I real appreciate, I just started reading the introducion, is fantastic, I was looking a book like yours, I am new in Joomla.

Thank you again and good luck with your book
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Hi Hagen!

Thanks a lot for sharing this!

I'm beginning whit all this joomla! stuff so you can imagine...
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The link above for the pdf version produces a 404 error.
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Jón Ragnar Björnsson Tuesday, 22 March 2011
Thank you so much Hagen for your Guide. I have been using Joomla for 3 years and wrote your exellent guide.

It is quite informing and easy to understand.

Best wishes from Iceland (lot of snow for the moment!)
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where Beginner's Guide in Bahasa Indonesia Languange?????
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Thanks a lot!
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Eduardo Hernandez Thursday, 31 March 2011
Thanks for share your work!
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Thank you very much for free Joomla for beginner guide. It is a great with the program and fast and easy than Adobe Dreamweaver. I hope I have this software....
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Thanks for sharing Hagen. This will be a good reference guide and something to share with clients.
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Thank you...
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Hi everyone...
Thank you for the guide. Each guide helps us develop and build better websites. A very hearty and big thank you to all.

Hirok
Dhamma Technical Services
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Svetlana Shmorgun Saturday, 16 April 2011
Thank you very much, Hagen. This book is a real treasure for Joomla newbies and we'll share it with all our customers. I've just started to read it and the first pages have already impressed me with your deep Joomla knowledge and writing!
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Thank You :)
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Hi,
I don't know if it is my downloader or ISP or what, but I now have downloaded this file about 10 times and evry time adobe tell me the file is broken and cannot be repaired. Anything I can do? I would dearly love to get a softcopy of your book.
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Katherine Stack Friday, 13 May 2011
I have limited experience with websites but need to learn Joomla 1.6 since I just bought a website template. I hope you book can help since I really need to the help and want to learn. Thank you very much in advance!

Katie Stack
Strongsville, Ohio
newcareerinsights.com
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Thank u so much!.. I'm new at Joomla and I was going crazy with the video tutorials of 1.5 version. I think I'll understand now what I have to do with your user guide!... I'm really thankful.
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really wonderful. This book did a lot to me and my team . Thank u so much.
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so difficult to download joomla....
huhuuuu
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Mario F. Sierra Saturday, 11 June 2011
thank you very much for the guide.
i teach at a school in Honduras Central America and i will share it by passing it on for free to any and all students at the school and making sure the school keeps it available always. i will learn to use it with the students as we try to build a page for the school.
once again thank you.
p.s. any ideas or comments on the school page would be greatly appreciated.
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Thanks Hagen, i've been searching for this guide, finally i am find .....thanks you very much...for sharing free.....
can i talk to by email if i have some problem with my joomla? i really hope that you have a time for me cause i am new......

thanks again.....
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Oh no the PDF download isnt working. Id love a copy of Joomla! 1.6 - Beginner's Guide in English language
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Dead link to pdf EN version ?
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Doesn't include information on how to link from one article to another. I have used the code index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=XX(ID of article) that worked in version 1.5 but this only gives a 404 error.
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i have want to first page login page then after login page login web page and then open next home page joomla 1.6
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I clicked the English version of the link but it doesn't give me any download!!

Please check why it doesn't get downloaded.

thanks

Naveed Ahmad
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Tank you for give this pdf
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I really like this book thanks dear
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Can I have a little advanced-intermediate kinda guide for free?
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Hi this is shiva i want to learn joomla but how? yaar
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Thanks for your contribution!
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I hav e a web site that was programmed in Joomla. As part of the website I have a members list of individuals, however when I add a new member it does not add the name on an alphebetic sequence. How do I solve this?
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Thanks.
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Wow!
This guide is really good,
I find it difficult as a beginner with joomla or,
However, this guide helps me a lot,
Thanks to this guide and then come along on WordPress Joomla difficult I can do without what I want,
thanks
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Erken Rezervasyon Monday, 20 February 2012
A great file
Simple and detailed description of
was unable add-ons, but now I can use guide through the information :)
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enter your message here...
GOOD!
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Hi! This free book is of great help, especially for students like me. :D Thanks for your effort.
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I am interested about Joomla. If i benefit from the site i shall translate this into Bengali language and hope it will helpful for all.

Thanks Hagen Graf
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hello

A great file
Simple and detailed description of
was unable add-ons, but now I can use guide through the information
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